Apparently my hard question was too hard. There is a bit more to those lyrics but at this point I’d only be paraphrasing and that’s not good. It’s a song with a lot of words. It’s an old, old song. Somewhere, on some old backup I have a copy of this and the lyrics written out. I wrote them down many years ago (like about 15 years ago) because they were never recorded as such, they are more intense than the already intense recorded version of this song.

The song is The Letter.

I’m kicking myself for losing track of the audio file, it’s got to be somewhere though.



My first reaction to the chorus in Kristin Hersh’s latest song, Quick, was “ohmyGOD, I feel as if I’ve been kicked in the chest”…with a giant boot, a big Doc Martens fit for a clown.

It was 6am. I don’t think I was prepared for that level of intense that early in the morning.

Kristin describes this song as “sad”. I’m not sure if “sad” is enough to describe it.

It’s that chorus, it just KILLS me. Kristin sings the song so sweetly, then the guitar kicks in with those crazy drums and damn, the bass, and that chorus and I feel bowled over like I’ve been hit with this dull and powerful force. A power that was sitting there, lurking in the shadows ready to spring and catch you off guard. It’s almost like I have to shake it off each time.

The rest of the song is so nice, lovely. But it’s deceiving, because that chorus kicks in again just when you’re getting comfortably settled into the sweetness and it hits with this veiled intensity. Feel it.

hard question?

A couple of weeks ago I updated my Facebook status and referred to caffeine “coursing through my veins”, quoting an old Throwing Muses song. I asked if anyone could guess what song it was from and so far no one’s gotten the correct answer. As a hint, it’s an OLD Throwing Muses song that Kristin has also done solo. Here’s the full verse, which does not appear in the recorded version:

there’s this chemical
coursing through my veins
I can’t stop moving
tearing through my veins
I can’t stop moving

Any guesses?